(Austin Anderson, Poetry, Class of 2015, June Residency Reflection)
What’s unique about Oregon State University - Cascades' ecological approach to the craft of writing is its investment in the whole writer. And here at OSU-Cascades we mean this quite literally. The geographies—social, spiritual, physical, aesthetic, political—each writer negotiates to get to the page are as various as the texts that give each one of us a purchase on this art. Together, we teach ourselves to play—at least some of the time—outside our comfort zones. And we mean that for ourselves as teacher-practitioners, too. By cultivating a passion for what’s difficult about this art, as well the courage to celebrate our own and each others' adventures in self-expression, we tend the practical skills and whimsical experiments that grow writers with healthy writing lives.
Our goal, quite simply: to think seriously about why we write how we do, whom we hope to reach by writing in this way, and how to do it better.
OSU-Cascades Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing is a partner program of the High-Residency MFA in Creative Writing at OSU-Corvallis.